Good Food Leads to Great Health: The Nutritional Counseling Program at LifeBridge Health & Fitness

If the body really is a temple, it’s probably better to build yours out of brick and not Play-Dough. Yet so many of us go for the quick, easy option: That greasy slice of pizza (double pepperoni and extra cheese); that sugar-laden soda; or that mocha chocolate chunk muffin.  Maybe we think we’re too busy to cook; maybe we think that since we don’t need to lose or gain weight, we don’t need to refine our diets.

Amanda Gilley, R.D.

Amanda Gilley, R.D.

“Anyone can benefit from knowing more about balanced nutrition,” explains Amanda Gilley, R.D., nutritional counseling leader for the Nutrition Counseling Program at LifeBridge Health & Fitness. The Nutrition Counseling Program is equal parts education and inspiration. As a registered dietitian who also holds a B.S. in culinary nutrition from Johnson & Wales (where she also took coursework in medical nutrition and athletic performance cuisine), Amanda is uniquely positioned to help anyone who wants to eat – and feel – better. “A lot of dietitians don’t always know about the cooking piece of healthier eating,” she says.

That's why she’ll don her chef’s jacket and sharpen her knives to take her show on the road: She’ll come to your home and guide you in preparing nutritious foods that tickle the taste-buds, whether you’re cooking for the family or dining solo. “We can make healthy foods taste delicious,” she says. Learning that good-for-us food can taste great isn’t just a boon to anyone who’s trying to shed pounds. It’s also useful for folks with a variety of medical issues, including gluten allergies, celiac disease, gastrointestinal issues or even fatigue.

“I like to get a feel for what each person’s particular goals are,” she says. “I offer ongoing motivation and support. This isn’t just ‘one and done.’”  She’ll accompany clients to the grocery store and help them sort the wheat from the chaff (or the kale from the sea salt potato chips). “I give tips and tricks to help people stay away from the ‘things that call their names’,” she says. Amanda is able to speak to larger groups as well – anything that helps spread the word about the value of good nutrition in our workaday world.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 410-318-6801 or email agilley@lifebridgehealth.orgThroughout August, LifeBridge Health & Fitness will offer 15 percent off all nutrition programs, so call today to see which program would be best for you.

- Laura Bogart

To schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained physicians and find out why LifeBridge Health is Baltimore's premier health care organization, call 410-601-WELL.

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